Critical Theories in Education: Changing Terrains of Knowledge and Politics

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This book examines critical theories in education research from various points of view in order to critique the relations of power and knowledge in education and schooling practices. It addresses social injustices in the field of education, while at the same time questioning traditional standards of critical theory. Drawing on recent social and literary criticism, this collection identifies conversations across disciplines that address the theoretical and methodological challenges in educational debate. "Critical Theories in Education" offers a rethinking of Marxist theories of education, joining issues of teaching and pedagogy with issues of the state and economy, social movements, literary criticism, pragmatism and postcolonialism.

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Thomas S. Popkewitz is Professor and Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is co-editor of Foucault's Challenge: Discourse, Knowledge, and Power in Education (1998) and author of Struggling for the Soul: The Politics of Education and the Construction of the Teacher (1998) and A Political Sociology of Education Reform: Power/Knowledge and Power in Teaching, Teacher Education, and Research (1991). Lynn Fendler is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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Table of Contents

Series Editors' Introduction
Introduction: Critical Traditions, Modernisms, and the "Posts" 1
Pt. 1 The Changing Terrains of Knowledge and Power
A Social Epistemology of Educational Research 17
Pt. 2 The Changing Terrains of Pedagogy
Critical Thinking and Critical Pedagogy: Relations, Differences, and Limits 45
Emergent Identity Versus Consistent Identity: Possibilities for a Postmodern Repoliticization of Critical Pedagogy 67
Pt. 3 The Changing Terrains of Power: Marx, Bourdieu, and Foucault
Critical Theory and Political Sociology of Education: Arguments 87
Philosophy of Education, Frankfurt Critical Theory, and the Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu 117
The Mode of Information and Education: Insights on Critical Theory from Michel Foucault 145
Making Trouble: Prediction, Agency, and Critical Intellectuals 169
Pt. 4 The Changing Terrains of Literary Theory, Pragmatism, and the Liberal Arts
(Dis)locating Thoughts: Where Do the Birds Go after the Last Sky? 191
Reconstructing Dewey's Critical Philosophy: Toward a Literary Pragmatist Criticism 209
Critical Education and the Liberal Arts 229
Contributors 249
Index 251
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